John William Whittam
July 15, 2013
John William Whittam (affectionately known as “Jack”) passed away peacefully at home in Nanaimo, on July 15, 2013. Jack was a World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, and lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a proud and skilled sheet metal tradesman. His loving family now not only celebrates his fulfilled life, but also celebrates the honour, the courage and the spirit in the way he lived his life. To his beloved wife Lucy, he was steadfast in his loyalty and profound love for her. He has now joined her to play bridge, dance, listen to the opera, cross country ski and share more travelling adventures. Jack was unwavering in his dedication as a father and instilled in his beloved children Catherine, Brenda and Leslie Anne a sense of dignity and perseverance, a zest for fun, a love of friends, and a sense of Nanaimo hospitality; to his beloved son-in-laws, Kim, Pat and Brian, he was unwavering in his generosity and truly respected and honoured each of them as if they were his own sons; to his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Sheldon, Seamus, Sinead, Siobhan and Roisin, he was their “greatest fan both on and off the field” and he will forever be remembered for his devotion as “Papa”; and to his cherished friends, he was unwavering in his devotion to fostering and maintaining lifelong friendships. Jack was predeceased by his sister Winnie (Norby), and is survived by his close friend and brother Harry.
We wish to acknowledge the unique and passionate commitment of Dr. Steve Beerman, whose collaborative relationship with our Dad invited a personalized medical journey of dignity and compassion. We will forever be indebted to the dedication, integrity and the passion Dr. Beerman shows toward his patients.
A celebration of Jack’s memories will be held on Sunday September 15th, starting at 12:00 pm at the Bowen Park Complex, 500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to the BC Cancer Foundation are most welcome.